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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, March 6, 2003


Inouye on committee
for homeland security



U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye is one of eight Democrats appointed to a new Senate Appropriations subcommittee that will determine federal spending for the Department of Homeland Security.

"I'm deeply honored by the appointment to serve on the new Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security," Inouye said yesterday from his Washington, D.C., office. "It will be a challenging assignment."

Inouye is the second-ranking Democratic member behind Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

"This subcommittee will have the awesome responsibility of balancing the funding priorities for, among others, the nation's first responders, border guards and airport security teams," Byrd said in a statement. "This subcommittee will have the additional duty to conduct strong oversight of the new Department of Homeland Security, to ensure that the plans it is crafting truly meet the protection needs of the American people."



Kahe Point landfill gets permit to expand

The city's request for a special use permit to expand its Waimanalo Gulch Landfill by 21 acres was unanimously approved by the city Planning Commission yesterday, city spokeswoman Carol Costa said.

The city originally planned to seek permitting to expand the landfill on the Leeward Coast by 60 acres. That request was reduced earlier this year to 15 acres, which is expected to last the city another five years.

The reason for the increase to 21 acres from 15 was not available yesterday.

The city owns a 200-acre piece of property on Farrington Highway, of which 64 acres is currently permitted for landfill. Expanding the landfill size requires approval by multiple state and city agencies.

A state health permit granted in September allowed the city to increase the height of the current landfill to 430 feet above sea level from 400. That additional space is expected to be filled by April.

Lingle restores name to H-3 freeway tunnels

During a sometimes emotional ceremony yesterday, Gov. Linda Lingle restored the name of the tunnels on the H-3 freeway to honor retired state highway Administrator Tetsuro Harano.

It undid then-Gov. Ben Cayetano's action last year and celebrated a victory by the seemingly powerless over the powerful.

Nearly eight years after the tunnels were named for Harano, Cayetano renamed them for the late Gov. John Burns, his political mentor. He named the tunnels' control center after Harano.

A Kokua Line article about his action provoked a petition drive led by Kongo Kimura and Yoshie Tanabe, primarily in the Japanese-American community but also supported by Burns' daughter, Sheenah.

The drive collected more than 8,000 names and prompted Lingle to promise during her gubernatorial campaign to change it back if she were elected.



[ HEALTH BRIEFS ]

Seminar will address fibromyalgia therapy

Dr. James McKoy, chief of rheumatology at Kaiser Permanente's Moanalua Medical Center, will hold a fibromyalgia seminar at 6 p.m. today in the hospital's second-floor conference room.

He has invited Annette Kam to share her experience in treating the debilitating illness with the medication guaifenesin.

She had tried about 14 different things to relieve her pain before learning of guaifenesin, normally given to patients for asthma.

Dr. R. Paul St. Amand, endocrinologist and clinical professor in California, discovered it is the best medicine for fibromyalgia, with few side effects.

Author will discuss vegetarian children

Vesanto Melina, nutrition expert and author, will speak at a Vegetarian Society of Hawaii meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park.

Melina, who has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Seattle's Bastyr University, will discuss her latest book, "Raising Vegetarian Children."

She also wrote "Becoming Vegetarian" and "Becoming Vegan," among other books.

Volunteers are needed to help with the lecture, which is open to the public and free. For more information or to help, call 944-VEGI.

March of Dimes walk set for 5 isle locations

The 33rd annual WalkAmerica, sponsored by the March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter to raise funds to save babies lives, will be held at five locations statewide in April and May.

They are scheduled as follows: April 5, 7 a.m., Hale Halawai, Kona, on the Big Island; April 5, 4 p.m., Lydgate Park, Lihue; April 12, 7:30 a.m., War Memorial Gym, Kahului; April 26, 7 a.m., Kapiolani Park Bandstand; and May 3 at 5 p.m., Mooheau Park, Hilo.

For more information or to register, call 973-2155 on Oahu or 800-272-5240 on the neighbor islands.

2 meetings scheduled for lupus help groups

The Hawaii Lupus Foundation Inc. has scheduled two free support group meetings: from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Mililani District Park, 94-1150 Lanikuhana Ave., and March 19 at Castle Medical Center, 642 Ulukahiki St.



[ TAKING NOTICE ]

Class of 1951 donates grotto to St. Louis School

Saint Louis School's Class of 1951 commemorated its 50th anniversary two years ago by initiating plans to build the school a grotto with a waterfall and a marble statue.

With construction completed, more than 100 alumni, Marianists, students, faculty and staff attended a dedication ceremony Feb. 13.

The gift is meant as a place for prayer, meditation and celebration.

The statue, weighing more than 300 pounds, was sculpted in Venice.

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At the blessing of the new Saint Louis School grotto are, from left, Regina Pfeiffer, program director for Chaminade University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership, Honolulu Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and Frank Fernandez, student body president. The grotto was donated by the Class of 1951.




Academic Awards

>> The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council has awarded scholarships to three public high school students to take part in study-abroad programs this summer administered by the Wo International Center at Punahou School.

Audrey Chihara, a junior at Lahainaluna High School, and Christina Grijaldo, a sophomore at Radford High, received full scholarships from the Freeman Foundation to study in Japan; and Kenny Dunn, a junior at Radford, received a full scholarship from Frank Boas to study in France.

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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

LEEWARD OAHU

Waianae man arrested in assault on teenager

A 20-year-old Waianae man surrendered to police yesterday in connection with an assault on a teenager last fall.

Police said a 17-year-old Waianae boy told them he was assaulted by the suspect Oct. 28 as he walked toward a pool at the apartment complex where they both live. The victim was treated for a broken nose, police said.

Police arrested the suspect for second-degree assault and three outstanding contempt warrants and then released him, pending investigation. Police also are looking for a second suspect.

HONOLULU

Man, 23, arrested in kidnap attempt

Police arrested a 23-year-old man for kidnapping and second-degree theft after he allegedly followed his ex-girlfriend and tried to force her into his car yesterday.

The 23-year-old Kalihi woman was heading to court to get a temporary restraining order against the suspect when he allegedly confronted her at a bus stop. The man told her to get into the car, but she refused and caught the bus, police said.

He then followed the bus into the downtown area about 7:30 a.m., pulled up to the curb after she got off and again told her to get into the car, and then tried to force her inside, police said. The two struggled, and the man allegedly stole her purse, police said. Police arrested him in Kalihi.

Man allegedly hits and threatens his wife

A 42-year-old Kalihi Valley man was arrested yesterday after allegedly threatening his wife with a knife and punching her. Police said the couple got into an argument over finances at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at their home.

The husband got angry and punched his wife on her back and shoulder, police said. He then threatened her with a kitchen knife, saying, "I going kill you," police said.



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